"We are the ideal person to buy this book: Our mothers household celebrated every holiday for which a great meal could be cooked. Jewish or Christian: All days with a significant meal were celebrated. Our understanding of the reason for the holiday was based not on an awareness of the significance of St. Patrick or Cinco de Mayo, but of what was eaten to celebrate it... An introduction to the history and beliefs of the religion opens each culinary chapter; the book supplies handy tools like a glossary and a chart of comparative dietary laws. While you can buy other cookbooks that explore festive Jewish, Hindu or Christian cooking, for example, no other cookbook provides such a lovely family guide to discuss religions, learn about the special holidays in each and to appreciate people who are different from us using the very incentive everyone can agree on: good food." - The Nibble "Fieldhouse and chef Schmidt compile approximately 280 recipes from the traditions of Buddhism and Shintoism (e.g. Myanmar tomato soup with lemon grass), Christianity (Italian Christmas salad), Hinduism and Sikhism (steamed rice in banana leaves), Islam (pomegranate mint tea), and Judaism (matzo kugel with apples). The book is introduced with a discussion of religion and food choice and a comparison between the food rituals of the different faiths. Each following chapter offers more detail on the role of food for each religion's followers. A glossary is included." - Reference & Research Book News "The World Religions Cookbook is a needed addition to the literature of cookery and the culture of religions. Unlike most religious cookbooks it is not centered on any one faith but is ecumenical in its coverage... the book will serve the clientele of academic and public libraries. Since there are many variations in religious dietary restrictions, readers will use this book to identify appropriate recipes and to share a covered dish... this cookbook is helpful in avoiding gaffes and accommodating the religious needs of others. Moreover, The World Religions Cookbook helps the user actively prepare the universal gift of friendship -- food... There are many uses for this book. It will satisfy the curiosity of those interested in other cultures as well as help bring people of disparate faiths together... Books like The World Religions Cookbook help to increase understanding across cultures, and this one is accessible and practical. It will serve libraries and readers of all types." - Against the Grain
About the Author
Arno Schmidt is a former Executive Chef and has written a number of books on various aspects of food and drink management in the hotel industry, among other works. Paul Fieldhouse is Adjunct Professor of Nursing at the University of Manitoba and Nutrition Research and Policy Analyst for Manitoba Health. He is the author of Food and Nutrition: Customs and Culture (1995) and other books and essays on nutrition and religion and food practices.